SBP stay on top after day of draws
State Bank of Pakistan secured three points for the first-innings lead and stayed on top of the Division Two table as Lahore Shalimar held on for a draw after following on at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. Resuming their first innings at 350 for 8, Lahore Shalimar could only add five runs, conceding a lead of 198, as Kashif Siddiq finished with four wickets. Their second innings ran into early trouble and, when they were reduced to 58 for 3, SBP were the favourites. Usman Salahuddin and Rana Adnan, however, joined hands to raise 112 and push their side to safety. Both batsmen scored 72, though Salahuddin fell with stumps in sight.
Hyderabad held on to resist Abbottabad's push for a win at the Abbottabad Cricket Stadium, and limited them to three points, keeping them at second in the league table. Resuming at 70 for 0, Hyderabad lost wickets regularly, but Abbottabad fell three wickets short despite using nine bowlers. Six batsmen went past 28, but the top score in Hyderabad's effort was Shahid Qambrani's 46. Armaghan Elahi picked up two wickets, while there were a couple of run-outs as well to add to the drama, but it wasn't enough to take Abbottabad to the top of the table.
Peshawar's one-run first-innings lead earned them three points against Karachi Whites after Mohammad Fayyaz's sparkling 154 ensured there would be no decisive result at the Arbab Niaz Stadium in Peshawar. Resuming on his overnight 63, Fayyaz powered along at a healthy strike-rate to negate Karachi's incisions at the other end. His innings came off 172 balls, including 22 fours and four sixes, while the second highest score was was fellow opener Isarullah's 43. Wajihuddin, who had scored a century on the third day, was again at the forefront for Karachi Whites, finishing with his first first-class five-wicket haul. Chasing an unrealistic target of 300, Karachi Whites stumbled to 38 for 4 before Wajihuddin came to their rescue once again, stroking 56 runs and steering the game to a draw.